Report No. 23, 57th Parliament - Evidence and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021

Committee’s report

The committee tabled its Report No. 23, 57th Parliament - Evidence and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 on 11 February 2022. The Bill was passed with amendment by the Queensland Government on 26 May 2022.

View:Government response
View:Parliamentary debate on the Bill
25 May 2022 - transcript pages 1355 - 1371; transcript pages 1385 - 1393
26 May 2022 - transcript pages 1432 – 1440; transcript pages 1465 – 1477
The debate can be viewed by clicking on the movie icon within the transcripts.

about the bill

On 16 November 2021 the Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Minister for Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence introduced the Evidence and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 into the Queensland Parliament. The Bill was referred to the Legal Affairs and Safety Committee for detailed consideration. The bill was passed with amendment on 26 May 2022.

View: Bill 
View: Introductory Speech 
View: Explanatory Notes  
View: Statement of compatibility 


The objectives of the Bill are to:

  • establish a statutory framework that allows protection against the disclosure of the identity of journalists’ confidential informants (known as ‘shield laws’)
  • introduce a legislative framework to support a pilot enabling video recorded statements taken by trained police officers to be used as an adult victim’s evidence-in-chief in domestic and family violence related criminal proceedings
  • provide a specific process for the viewing and examination of the body of a deceased person in a criminal proceeding to implement the Queensland Government’s response to Recommendation 2 in the findings of the Inquest into the disappearance and death of Daniel James Morcombe
  • clarify the operation of computer warrants in relation to bail
  • enable service as a magistrate in Toowoomba to constitute regional experience for the purpose of a transfer decision under the Magistrates Act 1991.

Further information

Further information including written briefings from the department, the response to submissions, transcripts from proceedings and answers to questions taken on notice are under the Related Publications tab.


Submissions closed:17 January 2022 - see ‘View submissions’ tab
Public briefing:29 November 2021 - program - broadcast - transcript
Public hearing:1 February 2022 - program - broadcast part 1 - broadcast part 2 - transcript
Report tabled:11 February 2022 - report


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